VIBRATION THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN…

Vibration Therapy is receiving a lot of attention at the moment, as it not only improves mobility in older people, but it can also help with the pain of Fibromyalgia and some types of Arthritis and also Osteoporosis. An excellent article on this subject can be found at the National Osteoporosis Society.

It has also been incorporated into insoles to improve balance. Vibration Therapy entails using a mechanical vibration machine to treat and prevent physical complaints including injuries and pain.

It is based on the scientific principle that all matter vibrates at a precise frequency and that by using resonant vibration, a balance of matter can be restored. Some researchers think that the vibration may over-ride pain signals going to the nervous system and thus leave you in less pain. It can also help with weight loss.

According to Health Line  ‘In 1867, Russian physician and inventor Gustav Zander developed an apparatus that used weights and pulleys to create a sense of vibration. Its purpose was therapeutic. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg implemented vibration therapy in his health practice. Using a vibrating chair he developed himself, he claimed it could help improve circulation and alleviate constipation.

During the Russian space program, doctors found that astronauts suffered from bone loss and fractures at a much younger age than normal. They began to use vibration therapy to help strengthen astronauts’ bone mass and muscles. Today, NASA continues to use vibration therapy to help prevent bone loss.

More research is needed on the potential health benefits and risks of vibration therapy. Some evidence suggests it may help treat certain conditions. It may also pose some risks’.

News Medical says that ‘while traditional exercises included aerobic activities, stretching, and relaxation techniques performed twice a week (90 min/day), the group that received vibration therapy followed up the exercises with vibration.

There was a group of patients who received only the exercise programme without the vibrations and a group that did not receive either therapy.

After six weeks of this regimen, the patients were rated according to their pain, fatigue, stiffness, and depression scores.

Results showed that there was a significant reduction in scores for pain and fatigue with vibration therapy but little improvement in stiffness and depression scores.’

There are also Tens machines that work on electronic muscle stimulation as well. However, these should not be tried unless you have got the go-ahead from your GP.

 

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS FOR CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN…

I read an article recently in The Daily Mail Good Health about how antidepressants may reduce chronic lower back pain.

In the journal Pain Medicine, a study led by Fukushima Medical University in Japan, 150 patients were given the antidepressant duloxetine once a day for a year. Their pain levels dropped significantly from the second week onwards. One theory, they say, is that antidepressants raise levels of the brain chemical serotonin in the spinal cord, which reduces the pain.

Serotonin is a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. The NHS point out how they think serotonin works. It’s thought that SSRIs work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a messenger chemical that carries signals between nerve cells in the brain). It’s thought to have a good influence on mood, emotion and sleep.

After carrying a message, serotonin is usually reabsorbed by the nerve cells (known as “reuptake”). SSRIs work by blocking (“inhibiting”) reuptake, meaning more serotonin is available to pass further messages between nearby nerve cells.

It would be too simplistic to say that depression and related mental health conditions are caused by low serotonin levels, but a rise in serotonin levels can improve symptoms and make people more responsive to other types of treatment, such as CBT.

I have taken a number of different types of antidepressants for my back pain and they have swapped me around every now and then to try a different one. At the moment I am taking Nortriptyline which I have found the best of all to help me get a more comfortable sleep. The only problem with all these types of medications is that you can soon find them hard to come off if you have taken them for a while, but if they work then that’s all that matters.

 

TURMERIC THE NEW HEALTH SUPPLEMENT FOR A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS…

Turmeric has many healing powers and has become the latest supplement being used for a number of complaints including pain, improve brain function and even tackle cancer.

The root which comes from India, is apparently being added to everything from health supplements to juices and beauty products says The Mail’s Good Health.

Professor Susan Hewlings, a dietitian at Central Michigan University who co-authored an extensive 2017 scientific review on the spice said that ‘Increasing evidence suggest curcumin reduces levels of damaging inflammatory protiens released by our cells and therefore has the potential to help many inflammation-based disease like arthrtitis, dementia, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Even the NHS dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker says that ‘the research on turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects in the body are very promising.’

Turmeric is available as a tea, in a capsules, as a drink shot, as a spread, as a daily oral spray, as a drink, and even as a clay mask for your face, but before you start taking this on a regular basis you should check it with your Doctor first. The Bad Back Company sell the 10,000mg Turmeric Tablets for £19.95

BACK PAIN IS ON THE RISE…

Back pain is on the rise according to the Shropshire Star. They write that newly-released analysis by Imperial College London shows that 56,154 people in the Shropshire Council area and 29,589 people in Telford and Wrekin reported suffering from back pain in 2012. 

It accounted for 18 per cent of the population, slightly higher than the England average of 17 per cent. 

The data was collected from Public Health England’s Health Survey, and analysed by Imperial College for the charity Versus Arthritis. 

Only people who were in pain at the time of the survey, and had been in pain for at least three months, were counted in the figures. 

That means the data is likely to be an underestimate of the prevalence of the condition, since acute bouts of back pain can be resolved within a three-month period. 

Three out of five declared sufferers in Shropshire reported having severe back pain – a total of 33,552 people. 

Almost two-thirds of declared sufferers in Telford and Wrekin – 18,921 people – also reported having severe back pain.

NHS England say Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population. Referrals for spinal surgery are increasing year on year and a growing number of patients are waiting longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment.

ANOTHER NOMINATION FOR A WEGO FACEBOOK AWARD FOR BACK PAIN BLOG UK…

I’ve received another nomination for an award for my new Facebook Support Group

Since the awards inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone!

Thank you for nominating me for this Carole Sian.